April 2018 - Earth Day Expo

​The Lageret, 515 E Main St, Stoughton

Workshops and booths hosted by local artists, local farmers, City of Stoughton Park & Rec., sustainable businesses and local non-profits.

Free Presentations and Workshops:

Live music by Yahara River Hootenanny, Olivia Panthofer, Ryan Casey

April 2018 - Earth Day Celebration Dinner: A Local Farm to Table Event

Locally sourced foods, beer, cider and wine. Live music and dancing.

February 2018 - Green Thursday Event - Meet Your Local Farmer: Mandt  Honey Works 
Janus and Scott Wegner, owners and operators of Mandt Honey Works in Stoughton presented:
• The essentials of starting backyard honey beekeeping
• Local ordinances that allow beekeeping
• Managing bee hives
• Creating honey, wax, and propolis products - no chemicals or preservatives

Earth Day Expo
Chorus Public House, 154 W. Main Street, Stoughton

Vendors and displays:
• Local Artists
• Farmers (meat, dairy, fresh greens, and starter plants, etc.)
• City of Stoughton Park & Rec
• Stoughton Utilities
• Stoughton Hospital Wellness Program
• Madison Permaculture Guild
• Ask a Master Gardener Booth
• Solar Panel Display
• Garden Supplies
• 7th Graders Poetry and Stories about Earth Day
• 2nd Graders Art Work
• Live Music
FREE Presentations and Workshops:
• Native American Lore and Storytelling - Dawn Shegonee from Call For Peace Drum & Dance Company
Phil's Basic Bike Repair and Maintenance -  Phil Caravello - Stoton Cycle
• How to Begin Your Vegetable Garden Seeds Indoors  -  Carol Livingston, Master Gardener
• How to Create Small Space and Container Gardens - Staff Master Gardener, Fitchburg Farms

Celebratory Earth Day Dinner

Local farm fresh ingredients prepared by our local Chef Cale from Wendigo. Entertainment by local band Fendrick and Peck, and local poet.

Division Street Park Work Party
Annual weeding and planting of native perennial and annual plants to beautify the park for Syttende Mai weekend and the rest of summer and fall.  

Syttende Mai Festival Community Art and Garden Market 
Chorus Public House, 154 W. Main Street, Stoughton
We hosted a variety local artists and farm product producers (jams & jellies, cheese, olive oil, etc.) along with local musicians throughout the three-day Syttende Mai festival May 19-21.

​Green Thursday Event - Meet Your Local Farmer
Six local farms presented on their experiences, specialties, and what makes each farm unique, with demonstrations and tasty samples.
Arneson Farm - Darlene Arneson:  AG business and dairy farming
Door Creek Orchard - Liz Griffith:  Growing many varieties of apples and use of IPM
Emancipation Acres - Erica Solis:  Raising Livestock and Making Goat Milk Soap 
Shady Nook Farm - Jerry Wendt:  Raising Pumpkins and being former AG education instructor 
Pleasant Springs Hatchery - Scott Schroeckenthaler:  Using ponds and hydroponics to raise fish
Parisi Family Farm - Terry Parisi:  Growing Organic Produce and Livestock

Apr 28, 2016 Sustainable Stoughton becomes a non-profit

We were officially granted 501(c)(3) non-profit status! We can now accept tax deductible donations. 

1892 High School community forum and local partnership 
We formed a broad coalition with other local organizations interested in preserving the historic 1892 High School for the benefit of community use, in partnership with the Stoughton Area School District. Members of the coalition include
• Sustainable Stoughton
• City of Stoughton Landmarks Commission
• R Olde House Society
• Stoughton Historical Society
We held a community forum at the Stoughton Opera House. Estimated attendance was about 50 people.


Riverfront Development community forum 
Sustainable Stoughton hosted a forum for three design experts to offer innovative ideas and suggestions to help us create a regionally-significant project, to help form community input for Stoughton's Redevelopment Authority (RDA)  they begin working on the former MillFab area along the Yahara River, a regionally-significant project.
this spring. 

Marty Melchior and Ken Saiki from Inter-Fluve provided riverbank restoration and stabilization options as well as ideas for riverfront trails and other green spaces. 
Keith Swartz from Seventhwave presented the latest in green building designs and materials for energy efficiency (solar, geothermal, etc.) and healthy buildings inside and out.

Division St. Park cleanup and plantings

Annual weeding and planting of native perennial and annual plants to beautify the park for Syttende Mai weekend and the rest of summer and fall.  

Earth Day demo with the City Tree Commission

Representatives from city of Stoughton Tree Commission demonstrated correct tree planting, pruning and mulching.  Mayor Donna Olsen was also in attendance and the city solar wood kiln was on hand for viewing how wood collected from city trees is dried with solar energy for repurposing.

Green Thursdays 

  • Backyard chickens  Robert and Sanne Roeven, Terra Simpla, a Permaculture Retreat Center near Stoughton and certified in Permaculture Design
  • Family Yoga  Tajali Theresa Tolan
  • Beauty and Benefits of Bats in Our Community   Jennifer Redell, WI Dept. of Natural Resources
  • Container Gardening  Ben Becker, Willy St. Co-op
  • Healthier Lawn Alternatives  2 Presentations in 1!
    • Pesticides and Community Health   Claire Gervais, MD is a family practice physician at the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health with expertise in toxic exposures and community health.
    • A Greener  Future: Strategies for Developing a Reduced-Risk Turf Management Plan  Paul Koch,Ph.D., assistant professor at the UW Department of Plant Pathology and the Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Center.  Paul spoke about the UW turf study being implemented at Stoughton's Race Track Park comparing conventional herbicides with other lower and no-risk alternatives.  He also addressed options for homeowners.

We held 7 Green Thursday monthly educational events, including live presentations on natural pollinators, amphibians, common edible and medicinal plants, and energy conservation.

We hosted a large community forum, bringing together the City Redevelopment Authority (RDA) and citizens of Stoughton to foster discussion on possibilities for sustainable downtown redevelopment.  Estimated attendance was about 50 people.

We also participated in the Yahara River Trail Cleanup day in conjunction with Rivers and Trails Task Force a local cub scout group, the Stoughton Kiwanis and others.

We successfully addressed the city to delay plans to spray herbicides on Rotary Park just days before the Gazebo Musikk concert series was about to begin.  The park was not sprayed in 2015.

We recruited volunteers to clean up the garden beds at Division Street Park, plant more perennials and lay down mulch in time for Syttende Mai. We partnered with local plant nurseries Stoughton Garden Center and the Flower Factory, who generously donated supplies.

May also saw some of us helping out with the Food for Kids campaign.

We met with City Public Safety, Public Works, and Parks and Recreation Committees to hear from the Streets Superintendent about how the new turf maintenance policy is being followed and to promote continued discussion in order to reduce herbicide use in our city parks.

We partnered with Dave Moyer from Moyer's Landscaping and the City Tree Commission to hold two volunteer workdays tending to the Heggestad Memorial Crabapple Orchard at Racetrack Park.  We learned about proper tree mulching and pruning.

We held pizza sale fundraisers at two Gazebo Musikk concerts and began work on our application to become an official non-profit organization.

Some of us toured the nearby cities of Janesville and Beloit with city officials to learn about their riverfront development projects.  Then in August we presented a slide show to the RDA on riverfront development, incorporating survey results from our April community forum and examples of sustainable ideas implemented by these cities.

By the end of 2015 we formed an official board, assigned officers, and created bylaws.